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Rushdie, Google, and Dworkin

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If you haven’t read Tim Rutten’s article, Where is the Outcry, in the Los Angeles Times, June 23rd, 2007, (it is also printed in the Oregonian on 6/25/07, p. D6) add it to your “must read” list, which I’m sure is very long – add it anyway. From the article:

” … In a column posted on the L.A.-based Pajamas Media website late this week, Rose began by reminding readers of legal scholar Ronald Dworkin’s admonition that “the only right you don’t have in a democracy is the right not to be offended,” then went on to decry the pernicious consequences of a “misplaced respect for insulted religious feelings,” now all too common in the West, including the United States. “This respect is being used by tyrants and fanatics around the world to justify suicide attacks and to silence criticism and to crush dissenting points of view,” he wrote….”

Monday’s Oregonian also had a related (at least to me) article, “Google joins Net Censorship Battle.”

Apparently it’s not yet more important for law students to spend precious law school time learning how to calculate future earnings and draft fee agreements than it is that they read legal history and legal philosophy with legal scholars and fellow classmates. Lawyers do need business skills, but more than that they need knowledge, wisdom, perspective, and humility.

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